Wisconsin Water Library

The ABCs and 123s of Water

Encourage the children in your life to love reading and love water. Here are some suggestions for read-aloud titles for children of all ages.

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On
By Lois Ehlert. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
Bright fish swim in and out of the pages of this counting book. The art work will delight young and old alike.

The Freshwater Alphabet Book
By Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by David Biedrzycki. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 1996.
This book is an inviting look at freshwater biology that includes both familiar and lesser-known freshwater fish and crustaceans. 

H Is for Hook: A Fishing Alphabet
By Judy Young. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2008.
Everything fishing from A to Z is explained in this illustrated picture book using poetry and prose.

Madeline Island ABC book
By Marcia Henry, illustrated by Sally Parsons. La Pointe, Wis.: Loon Commons Press, 2007.
This colorful book features ABC verses and delightful illustrations, a brief history of Madeline Island, an ABC Island Treasure Hunt and an alphabet search of the Madeline Island Historical Museum.

The Noisy Counting Book
By Susan Schade and Jon Buller. New York: Random House Children’s Books, 2010.
One boy’s fishing trip becomes a symphony of silly sounds when a big frog and his animal friends begin to count.

A Swim Through the Sea
By Kristin Joy Pratt Serafini. Nevada City, Calif.: DAWN Publications, 1994.
This book uses the letters of the alphabet to introduce angelfish, dolphins, manatees, octopus and other fish and mammals living in the world's oceans.

Please visit the Water Library at http://waterlibrary.aqua.wisc.edu for more information or to learn about more stories of Lake Michigan and all the Great Lakes.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

The Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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